Stream of Consciousness: The Mysterious Bruise

That moment when you’re having a lazy Saturday morning and you’re sitting on the couch next to your child, watching a movie and you notice his chin is bruised and seems to have a rash and no less than one BAZILLION thoughts fly through your head like lightning, gaining speed and intensity as the list rapidly grows: Did he bump it? Does it hurt? How long has it been there? Was it there when he woke up? Did it happen in his sleep? Why didn’t you look at him carefully earlier than this moment? There was no time. Make more time. Should I call the pediatrician? Should we go to the ER? Is it contagious? What is it? It could be a rash. Is it swollen? Did he knock a tooth loose? It could be anything. It’s probably nothing. It could be meningitis, hepatitis, any-itis! Does it hurt when you turn your head? Does he have a fever? Is he exhibiting signs of a concussion? Can you follow my finger? How many fingers do you see? Work on counting skills. His eyes are focused. He might be cross eyed. Should I compare it to pictures on WebMD? No, then he’ll have cancer. Call the pediatrician. Get kids dressed as quickly as possible in case you must flee to the doctor or emergency room. There’s no time to clean up. Clean up while you wait for the doctor to call you back. Should I wake up my husband. Only if we need to leave. Should I wake him just in case and have him look too? No, you can handle this. Get him an ice pack for the bruise. What the hell is it?  Why is it so circular? Has it spread? Check the rest of his body. Does it look like Lymes disease? Check body for deer ticks. Stop freaking out. It’s probably nothing. Is he going to die? Why hasn’t the doctor called back yet? Stop looking at pictures online and trying to diagnose the mystery.  You did not go to medical school. I should have gone to medical school. Think back to lifeguarding. Is it in the first aid manual? You shouldn’t have let your certifications lapse. WHY HASN’T the DOCTOR CALLED?!?!?!?!? He Is Going To DIE!!!!!!! Please no!  Please let him be ok. Don’t do this to me. Take that toy cup off your chin so you can put ice the back on it….Oh, the cup…Did you suck and suction the cup on your chin? Mmmmmm-Hmmmmm…. Click! It’s a hickey…. He gave himself a HICKEY…. Who wants popcorn? 



9 thoughts on “Stream of Consciousness: The Mysterious Bruise

  1. Hi….I know this is pretty random, but I was just looking online for “bruised on chin without a reason” and found your post. My son is 11 and has a large bruise on his chin without a reason, the pediatrician is also confused! My son was diagnosed with strep the day before so the Dr. thought that it could be an allergy to the amoxicillin. 4 days later and he still has a bruised chin.
    My son’s bruised looks just like your son’s. It gets worst at night and it looks a lot better in the morning. Did you ever find out what caused your son’s bruise? How long did it take to go away?
    I appreciate you sharing your story. Thanks!


    • Hi Claudia! I’m so sorry your son isn’t feeling well. My son caused the bruise himself when her suctioned a cup to his chin which caused a “hickey” reaction. It did take a few days to fully disappear. I hope you find out what’s causing your son’s bruise and that he feels better soon!


  2. Thank you so much for posting this. My 9 year old son woke up with his chin looking that way this morning. I told him to wash his chin. It didn’t come off. I thought it was a rash, Googled it and your picture looked most like it. So I asked him if he put something on his chin that suctioned. He said yes. Without your post I may have never thought of that. LOL Have a blessed day.


  3. Thank you so much! My 7 year old comes in the kitchen after being in his room for an hour and his chin looked just like that. My husband and I started freaking out. I kept scrubbing his face checking his mouth and throat, my husband called his mom who is a nurse… all 3 of us were stumped. I turned to Google whole they interrogated him with questions of what he had ate, drank, fell…. found your picture and post. I remember seeing my son stick toy cups on his chin before so I asked him and yep he did the same thing ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚

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  4. My 9 year old was watching tv and his chin went like this. I asked him if he sucked a cup he said I don’t know. Its been 2 days now worse at night then day


  5. Wow. So glad you posted this. My son was home sick today and had just woken up from nap when he asked me to look at his chin. It was all red and looked bruised like your sons. I asked if he had hit it or eaten something weird that I wasn’t aware of. My next move was to call his Dr and take him to Urgent Care! Then I googled “red bruise ring under mouth and chin” and found your post. I read what you wrote and asked him if he had sucked a cup earlier and sure enough he had!!! Thanks for saving us a trip to the Dr.!! ๐Ÿ’œ


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